Brand names Stabillin V-K, Tenkicin
Used in the following combined preparations None
Phenoxymethylpenicillin, also known as Penicillin V, is a synthetic penicillin-type antibiotic that is prescribed for a wide range of infections.
Various commonly occurring respiratory tract infections, such as some types of tonsillitis and pharyngitis, as well as ear infections, often respond well to this drug. It is also effective for the treatment of the gum disease, Vincent’s gingivitis.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin is also used to treat less common infections caused by the Streptococcus bacterium, such as scarlet fever and erysipelas (a skin infection). It is also prescribed long term to prevent the recurrence of rheumatic fever, a rare, although potentially serious condition. It is also used long term to prevent infections following removal of the spleen or in sickle cell disease.
As with other penicillin antibiotics, the most serious adverse effect that may rarely occur is an allergic reaction that may cause collapse, wheezing, and a rash in susceptible people.